A talented Inishowen musician is featured on the stunning new CD “Wild Atlantic Women”, an innovative fundraiser for the Donegal Hospice.

Bernie Doherty, who runs the Buncrana-based music school, Music Box, sang her composition “Stay With Me” on the double Album.

“Wild Atlantic Women”, which featured many well-known artists, including Moya Brennan of Clannad, Mairead Ni Mhaoinaigh of Altan, Margo and Brighdin Carr was officially launched on Sunday afternoon past, Nollaig na mBan, in An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny.

Speaking to Donegal Now following the “Wild Atlantic Women” launch, Bernie Doherty said female artists from all over Donegal got with the CD, “performing a range of covers and originals for a great cause.”

Bernie added: “My involvement with the ‘Wild Atlantic Women’ project was definitely one of my 2018 highlights. I think the year showed that local music has reached an all time high, not just in Buncrana and Inishowen but all over the country. There is so much happening.

“The standard is through the roof, the songs are outstanding and people are not waiting for opportunity to knock, they are creating their own CD’s, performances and videos. Artists are making their own careers happen. It is long past the era of waiting to be ‘discovered.’

“A good place to reconnect with all the wonderful things happening in local and original music is local radio. A show called ‘Monday Night Sessions’ (Highland Radio, 9.00pm) really does amazing work. Paul and Jimmy are the brains behind this gem, which features live performances from two or three mainly local artists and songwriters every Monday night.

“I have heard some great music there, and been introduced to loads of great performers I might not otherwise have heard. I have even played some of my own songs on there too. Jimmy also has a Wednesday evening show at 7.00pm, which plays exclusively Irish performers from all around the country. You really will be surprised by what you hear,” said Bernie.

Bernie also praised the local venues, which support original music.

She said: “Now, more than ever, artists are playing sets that include lots of their own music, as well as the covers everyone loves to hear.

“Listen and do not be afraid to ask, “Do you have a CD or Is your music online?’ All these things support the artists in continuing their efforts. New music has to start somewhere, so get behind it. Countywide there are plenty of great venues. This year I plan to make it to Clubeo in Leo's Tavern in Crolly. Some wonderful artists appear there.

“There is also a wonderful movement happening in the county, under the watchful eye of a few dedicated artists including, duo ‘Blackbird & Crow’, called the Artist Support Network. They offer a place for those working in the arts to share information; benefit from the advice of others; and create opportunities together through panel discussions, live original music, poetry and magic events, and meetings to discuss the ups and downs of the creative industries,” said Bernie.

Delighted by the amazing musical opportunities available to children these days, Bernie is convinced music or any creative pastime is good for the brain.

She said: “It is good for your health, your mood, and often a great social outlet too. This year, consider adding something creative to your list of resolutions. It might seem like a selfish indulgence but it will benefit you in ways you never expected.

“That’s it from The Music Box, except to say a big thank you to the children and families that learned, practiced, played, sang, wrote, performed and recorded with us this year! The future of music is safe with these children.” Said Bernie.

“Wild Atlantic Women” is on sale from SuperValu Buncrana, Mac’s Newsagents and WainsWorld for €20.00.

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